10 Albums to Look for in 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, January 1, 2016 11:05am | Post a Comment

Now that the year's over, it’s time to look ahead into 2016. There are already several exciting releases announced for the new year, so here’s your preview of what’s coming out in the next couple of months.

David Bowie Blackstar
Out Jan. 8

David Bowie’s upcoming 25th album will be released on the venerable artist’s 69th birthday. It’s a seven-song release featuring a few extended tracks, like the nearly 10-minute electro-orchestral opus that is the title track, which also is being used as the opening song for the TV series “The Last Panthers.” So far, we’ve also heard “Lazarus” and “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” all of which are fueling anticipation for this being one of the best albums of Bowie’s later career.


Chairlift Moth
Out Jan. 22

Following Chairlift frontwoman Caroline Polachek's collaboration with Beyonce on the great song “No Angel,” Brooklyn duo Chairlift have made their spry electro-pop bigger and bolder on album No. 3. Songs like “Romeo” prove underground music and pop beats sit closer together than ever before.


Savages Adore Life
Out Jan. 22

Adore Life’s unrelenting, hardcore-inspired first single “The Answer” gives us an idea of what to expect from U.K. post-punk outfit Savages’ sophomore album and follow-up to


Ty Segall Emotional Mugger
Out Jan. 22

Garage-rock kingpin Ty Segall has teased his new album with a VHS tape sent to media outlets, but we’ve yet to hear a recorded song from the album. However, Segall release a live video of the song “Candy Sam” on his website, which you can listen to while watching the band perform in creepy David Lynch nightmare baby masks.







DIIV Is The Is Are
Out Feb. 5

One of the best young guitar bands out there, DIIV, are set to release their second album and follow-up to Oshin. It’s a double-length album that looks to expand on their reverb-laced guitar dynamics, though there’ll be plenty of that, too, judging by the first few singles they’ve shared. The album also will include a collaboration with  Hear “Under the Sun” below.


Junior Boys Big Black Coat
Out Feb. 5

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from synth-poppers Junior Boys (their last album, It’s All True, was released in 2011). Now they’ve announced a new album and have shared two tracks from it, including the dreamy lo-fi jazzercizer “Over It.”


Lucinda Williams The Ghosts of Highway 20
Out Feb. 5

Alt-country godmother Lucinda Williams looks to the I-20 highway that cuts through her native Louisiana and those who pass along it for inspiration on her next album. The follow-up to her award-winning double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone features 12 new original songs, plus covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Factory” and Woody Guthrie’s “House of Earth.” Watch a live performance of the title track below.


Animal Collective Painting With
Out Feb. 19

As far as new album announcements go, publicity stunts don’t get much better than what Animal Collective pulled off in November. The band streamed their entire new album, the follow-up to 2012’s Centipede Hz, at the airport of their native Baltimore in November. So all those holiday travellers mostly unknowingly have heard the new Animal Collective album, while all you and I may have heard is the first single, “FloriDada.” Give the “Wipeout”-sampling song like five listens before you judge it; like most of their work, it takes a minute and then gets lodged deep in your head. Also, check out this guide to Animal Collective I did a while back.


Wild Nothing Life of Pause
Out Feb. 19

Dream-pop dude Jack Tatum and his awesome Wild Nothing are back with a follow-up to 2012’s Nocturne. So far, he’s debuted the expansive “To Know You” and sweet psych-popper “TV Queen,” and they’re both really good. Hear both tracks below.


Santigold 99 Cents
Out March 4

Singer/songwriter/producer Santigold will release her third album and follow-up to 2012’s Master of My Make-Believe in March. Check out the woozy dancehall-flavored hip hop of “Who Be Lovin’ Me,” which features Drake associate iLoveMakonnen.

...And here's 10 more albums to look for in 2016!

Villagers - Where Have You Been All My Life (Jan. 8)

Daughter - Not to Disappear (Jan. 15)

Anderson .Paak - Malibu (Jan. 15)

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, Bryce Dessner - The Revenant [OST] (Jan. 15)

Charlie Hilton - Palana (Jan. 22)

Shearwater - Jet Plane & Oxbow (Jan. 22)

Tortoise - The Catastrophist (Jan. 22)

Basement - Promise Everything (Jan. 29)

The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Feb. 26)

Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land (March 18)

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